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Karen Schoemer

August 31, 2009 |
See the U.S.A.

In 1959, Robert Frank’s “The Americans” documented this country’s messy, authentic underside. Fifty years on, the Met is reintroducing Frank to a new generation.

March 2, 2009 | The Pop Music Review
Out of Time

M. Ward is indie rock’s great bashful hope.

October 27, 2008 | Feature
The Day Punk Died

Thirty years ago this month, the death of Nancy (of Sid &) effectively ended New York’s early punk scene. It’s been easy to hate her since—maybe too easy.

May 26, 2008 | Feature
That Connecticut Couple

Consider Mates of State’s new album a gift from suburbia.

March 31, 2008
Little Miss Darkness

Courtney Hunt’s first film won Sundance, but it’s hardly cute.

October 29, 2007 | The Pop Music Review
The Soul of Woodstock

Levon Helm, the coolest singing drummer of all time, keeps the spirit of an age and a place alive.

October 22, 2007 | Feature
Playing in Traffic

Indie wunderkind Sufjan Stevens tries his hand at an orchestral suite—about the BQE.

August 20, 2007 | Feature
Playing Favorites

We asked six music obsessives to pick a recent album they can’t stop listening to.

April 16, 2007 | The Pop Music Review
Super Freaks

CocoRosie’s new CD is more than just the freak-folk album of the year. It’s the album that will make you care about freak folk in the first place.

April 2, 2007 | Features
I, Citiot

A move upstate promised a real house, decent public schools, all the trappings of the normal life we just couldn’t pull off in the city. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of it, too. The difference is, we actually did it — and it proved to be anything but normal.